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Toward a New Legal Common Sense

2nd Edition

Part of Law in Context

  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521605953

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  • There are those who believe that modern society's reliance upon law, politics and science to both regulate and emancipate society has reached a crisis point and can no longer provide answers to current social problems. Toward a New Legal Common Sense engages in a series of sociological analyses of law in order to illustrate the need for a profound theoretical reconstruction of the notion of legality based on locality, nationality and globality. In this way the author shows how developments including suprastate organisations such as the European Union and international human rights law can be given their proper place in the sociology of law, and suggests a new set of social structures that might sustain the emancipatory elements that have disappeared from modern society. This 2002 edition, of a title originally published by Routledge (New York), is part of the acclaimed Law in Context Series, whose aim is to develop broad interdisciplinary perspectives on law. Toward a New Legal Common Sense is written for students taking law and globalisation courses, and political science, philosophy and sociology students doing optional subjects.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521605953
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 44 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The tension between regulation and emancipation in western modernity and its demise
    2. Toward an oppositional postmodern understanding of law
    3. Legal plurality and the time-spaces of law: the local, the national, and the global
    4. The law of the oppressed: the construction and reproduction of legality in Pasargada
    5. Globalization, nation-states and the legal field: from legal diaspora to legal ecumenism
    6. Law and democracy: the global reform of courts
    7. On modes of production of social law and social power
    8. Law: a map of misreading
    9. Can law be emancipatory?
    Conclusion.

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    Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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